Do you have concerns about your child that you would like to chat about with a friendly local expert?

We have planned some new and exciting bookable Chat and Play sessions where you can have the opportunity to talk to a specialist with your child in a comfortable play environment.

Who is leading the Chat and Play sessions?

We are hosting a range of play sessions at our children’s centres across Kingston and Richmond, led by colleagues from Achieving for Children. 

Are they free to attend?

Yes, they are completely free of charge for all parents.

When and where will the Chat and Play sessions take place?

These will be held at different children’s centres across Kingston and Richmond, running from October to November. Whether you are a Kingston or Richmond parent, you can attend a session in either borough. You can find further details of when the sessions will be running within this leaflet.

How long do the Chat and Play sessions last?

The sessions will be open for an hour and a half, giving you time to play and have a chat with one of the local experts.

What concerns can I come with?

You can come and chat with our local experts about any concerns you might have, they will be able to give advice and signpost you to further support, if appropriate. You can find out more about what each expert can offer you within our leafet which you can dowload below.

Download the Chat and Play leaflet

How do I book to attend?

For Richmond sessions: Tangley Park, Norman Jackson, Ham or Barnes children’s centres, please call 020 8481 9420

For Kingston sessions: Kingston Town, Tolworth, Chessington or Old Malden children’s centres, please call 020 8339 9848​Health


Health concerns

If you have any concerns about your child’s health or development, your first point of contact should be your GP (doctor) or health visitor.

Health Visitors

Health Visitors mostly work with families with children under the age of five. They assess your child's development and work with a range of professionals to provide support and if necessary, make referrals.

Find out more about what health visitors do and some top tips for parents to help you support your child here.

Institute of Health Visiting website (opens a new web site)

Read more about how children learn and develop during the first five years here:

What to expect, when? A parent’s guide (opens a new web site) 

Foundation Years (opens a new web site)